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Textile Tuesdays – The Kesh Saree

Published On : January 27 2021 | Author : Shri.Vyshnavi Annush

Textile Tuesdays! In a way this is my first post here about textiles. This here is a beautiful Kesh saree that I picked up from @suta_bombay a fabulous brand for mul sarees. Now mul and I have a special relationship. I have nostalgic memories of playing dress up with my mother’s mul sarees.

When I picked up this saree, the website mentioned that it was Mul Kesh. So I was curious to know what it was and that’s when I started reading up on Kesh weaving.

 

Textile Tuesdays – The Kesh Saree
Photo: Vyshnavi Annush

The khesh weaving process is simple. The warp is with new yarn and the weft is with strips of thin cloth obtained by tearing old sarees length wise. All the sarees must be cotton so that they tear easily. These kesh sarees are woven in Bhirbum village in West Bengal. Woven Yardage is also available. What a wonderful way of upcycling. A zero wastage weaving tradition much like the kantha embroidery.

My mul kesh saree is perfect for zoom calls and to step out for works well. I wanted a minimal look and so I chose accessories that were simple and yet stylish. My rope and brass necklace is the perfect addition to my kesh saree. And my bold blue glass bangle is for that breath of brightness.

Pongal Special – Pongal Sweets and Packaging

Published On : January 08 2021 | Author : Shri.Vyshnavi Annush

Pongal conjures up the excitement of making Pongal at home, waiting for the pot to boil over so that we can shout Pongal O Pongal. The festivity is contagious to say the least. And of course for some of us who’ve witnessed Jallikattu it’s a nervous excitement where every moment is uncertain. All of us have happy childhood memories of Pongal at home and of course Maatu Pongal at our farms. It’s a happy and festive time where we celebrate mother nature and thank her for the harvest that gives us sustenance. Our Tamil culture has ingrained into us gratitude in every festival in a very subtle way and I for one am proud of it.

For us in Tamilnadu, Pongal is closer to our hearts than Deepavali. So why not send sweets for Pongal to our near and dear ones? I wanted to pick a sweet that’s very Tamil. The perfect choice was the Thoothukudi kadalai mittai ( Tuticorin peanut candy). Made with caramelized peanuts and ghee, it’s decadent to say the least. Trust me you can’t stop with one. The one place that makes it just the right way is Ganesh Bakery in Thoothukudi. It’s a bit of an effort to get them to make it and send it all the way to Coimbatore, but well worth the effort.

The other choices were the Srivilliputtur Paalgova and the Tirunelveli Irrutu Kadai Alva. But the peanut candy stays fresh for longer and easy to pack and send for out of town family and friends.

For the packaging again I thought that it should resonate with Pongal. Also, I wanted something eco-friendly. Bio-degradable and recyclable cardboard boxes were a good pick with printed Pichwai cows on the lid. I immediately called up my dear friend Aparna Venkatesh Co-founder of Aara Design to help me with the packaging. The boxes and the tags turned out exactly the way that I envisioned. It’s always a joy to work with her.

 

Pongal Sweet Packaging
Photo: Ananya Annush ; Packaging: @aaradesign.blr

 

Pongal Sweet Packaging
Photo: Ananya Annush ; Packaging: @aaradesign.blr

For this Pongal celebrate with local sweets that you’ve grown up with during your childhood days. An added benefit is that they are likely to be a healthier option especially if they’re made with karupatti ( Palm jaggery). When you have extra sweets you can put them in a lovely jar or a platter adding a festive element in a corner of your home. We all need positive vibes at the moment. Trust me it feels good to support local businesses during these tough times. Try it for this festive season.

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Simplicity Coimbatore – Pongal can be a special occasion for relishing local sweets.

The Kanchipuram pattu saree

Published On : November 26 2020 | Author : Shri.Vyshnavi Annush

The Kanchipuram pattu saree has always had a special meaning in my life. My first memory of a pattu saree is of my grandmother wearing it through the day and also changing into a simple washed version of it for the night. It makes me nostalgic whenever I wear a Kanchipuram pattu.
The Kanchipuram pattu is a staple in every South Indian woman’s collection regardless of where she lives in the world. It’s very likely that she would have worn one as a bride.

 

Photo: kankatala

 

If you believe in legend, it says that the first weavers of the Kanchi pattu are descendants of Markandeya Muni, the master weaver for the Gods. He wove tissue from lotus fibre. I for one believe this legend. You would too if you witnessed the magic that today’s weavers create with their handlooms.

 

Photo: kankatala

 

The weaving of a pattu saree is an arduous process. Pure mulberry silk is used to weave the sarees. For a pure zari saree,  today silver is used. A few decades back pure gold was used to weave the zari into the saree. The body,  the border and the pallu are all woven separately and then attached together.

 

Photo: wikipedia

 

The design of these Kanchipuram pattu sarees are clearly inspired by the city that they are woven in and of course by nature. It’s a city that is dominated by temple scapes in every corner. The minute you drive into Kanchipuram you’re rewarded with myriad temple gopurams, each of them so unique and grand.

 

Photo: house of ayana

 

The temple borders and the paalum pazhamum designs in the pattu saree celebrate the symmetry of life. You’ll find beautiful pallus depicting the scenes from the Ramayanam and the Mahabharatam, the two epics that are woven into the fabric of our culture.

 

Photo: house of ayana

 

Every South Indian bride wears an exquisite Kanchipuram pattu saree for her wedding. The prices of these sarees vary depending on your budget. A bridal pure zari handwoven Kanchipuram pattu saree would cost you about one lakh rupees. It’s a special investment that you make once in your lifetime and it’s a heirloom that you can gift your daughters and granddaughters. I’m sure they’ll cherish it forever just like I do my grandmother’s pattu sarees. I still reserve them only for special occasions like weddings and poojas.

 

Photo: fashionvibes

 

I personally prefer to pick my Kanchipuram sarees from Tharakaram and Mahaveers in our very own Coimbatore. My wedding sarees were from these stores. It was very sentimental for me to shop in these stores because my grandmother used to shop from them. Rangachari is another quaint old store in Ramnagar that has a lovely collection of light weight Kanchipuram pattus. A few other out of town stores that have a fabulous collection of Kanchipuram pattu sarees are of course Prakash collections and AS Babu Shah. Both are in Gandhi road in Kanchipuram if my memory serves right. During these pandemic times it’s difficult to travel to shop for our family weddings.  But sundari silks,  angadi and kankatala are all online and they are all authentic stores to shop from.  However an important thing to keep in mind while shopping for Kanchipuram pattu sarees is the authenticity. A quick and sure way to do this is to look for the silkmark that is provided for pure Kanchipuram silk sarees.

 

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There are a few ways of wearing a Kanchipuram pattu. You don’t always only wear a heavy pattu saree. You can mix it up by wearing a simple and yet traditional kanchi pattu saree with a very modern heavily embroidered blouse.  Another way for young girls to wear the kanchi pattu is to wear a dupatta with your salwar for a festival. A bride could also wear a lehenga with a heavy kanchi pattu dupatta for her mehndi. The important thing is to own a few kanchi pattu sarees or dupattas that are versatile allowing you to repeat them as often as you want by mixing and matching.  I feel that if we try to buy more of the handwoven pattus they’ll be an investment in our wardrobes and also greatly help the weaving community. The pandemic has been especially brutal on the weavers and artisans of our country. We owe the weavers the dignity that they deserve for the beauty that they create everyday inspite of all the hardships that they endure.

 

Photo: kankatala

Best Anarkali suits ideas for the year

As style and fashion has evolved, designers today have infused more charm and vogue to the rather traditional Anakarli suits that dates right back to the Mughal era with all its court comforts and elegance. From the Mughal era to the1970’s and 80’s Bollywood period of  Rekha, Sridevi and Jayaprada  to the seductively scintillating screen treat of Sonam Kapoor, Deepika Padukone and Anushka Sharma, Anarkali suits have come a long way. Let us take you through some of the best Anarkali suit ideas that will continue to rule the roost in the months to come. 

Designer Cotton Anarkali Suits


Cotton Anarkalis are synonymous with comfort and they are extremely lightweight and perfect for daily wear. They come with a gamut of bright colours, patterns and designs and carry a reasonable price tag. Women with sensitive skin or skin allergic disorders can go for these stylish cotton anarkalis. 

Designer Silk Anarkali Suits 


This outfit is going to make heads turn and hearts stop. Easy to maintain, Designer Silk Anarkali Suits in rich silk can be a favourite for weddings, reception parties and family occasions.  Intricate zardozi, mirror work, embroidery and golden zari can put a unique touch on the Anarkali suit. Team it up with glitzy jewellery to give yourself a traditional look. 

Designer Bridal Anarkali Suits 

The big day has finally come and you are gone on to look stunningly gorgeous by putting on the best of the Anarkali suits with panache of grace and the royal air of a bride. What better way than to don a splendid and elegant floor length Anarkali suit paired with matching dupatta? Line the suit with heavy gold, stone jewellery, embroidery, patchwork, kundan, sequins and zari for that stunningly ‘wow’ effect. Available in a wide range of designs and color combo, Wedding Anarkalis can touch the right chord of design and tradition.

Designer Party Wear Anarkali Suits 


Drape in vogue on any party with a designer party wear Anarkali suit that will make you an instant hit! Made using rich fabrics including brocade, net, chiffon and georgette, they come in a range of enticing colours and available in various price tags to choose from.

Designer Pakistani Anarkali Suits


India’s closest neighbour Pakistan has its own traditional wears as a result of heavy Indo-Islamic influence, and its version of Anarkali suit is no exception. Do you get amazed by the long and flowing Pakistani Anarkali suits having rich flares you see in the Bollywood movie scenes? Get those beautifully cut, long-length Anarkali Suits with the well-fitted bodice, regal necklines and the capacious ghaghra style flare offering you a sleeker and much improved silhouette to the wearer. These long and flared anarkalis can craft your body to appear taller, straighter and more aligned.

The traditional-style anarkalis lend a glimpse of the rich Indo-Pakistani tradition with a blend of unique class and fad. Style it with a matching clutch and there you are — good to go!

How to Wear the Tricolour in Style?

The Indian Independence Day is almost here and each year, and everybody
is set to celebrate the day with grandeur, pomp, show and magnificence. This
year will mark the 70th year of independent India and the
celebrations —
just feel that much more special! Are you looking to make an iconic fashion
statement adorning the tricolour on your outfit on this special day? Look no
further. Check out some of our ideas to go trendy the ‘desi’ way.

Tri-colour Saree – the zing thing!

Let us start with our
traditional saree. Pick any hand-woven saree in cotton, silk or khadi. All you
need to jazz up your saree is to take two dupattas in orange and green, fold
them up length-wise.  Now pin these on
your saree pallu and that would simply leave a thin white strip in between. Add
an extra zing to your appearance with a blue pendant neck-piece. What you can
also do is take a long chain and simply string a blue bangle all through to
give an ‘Ashoka Chakra’ look. Pair this up with your colourful pallu and become
the cynosure of attraction all along the day. Also, check out designer sarees
if you prefer fusion wear. 

Jazz up with the Drape

Pairing a
multi-colour bordered white saree with a saffron or green coloured blouse
definitely adds the oomph factor to celebrate Independence day.  If you prefer neon green, you gotta sport a
neon green saree with contrast saffron colored blouse and team it up with
tri-colour accessories.

Shades
of Tri-Colour in Kurtis

This Independence day, you can shop for tunics in natural luxurious
Indian textiles such as khadi silk, silk, tussar silk, chanderi or cotton
silk.  Picking summerish shades such as
sky blue, yellow, orange and red may look outlandish for the occasion.  So, go ahead, and simply drape a tri-colored dupatta
or stole along with your tunic for others to envy your look.

Speck of Tradition in
Indo-Western Fusion Wear

Want to flaunt off in style with a blend of tradition and design? Why
not opt for a Ghagra-style skirt with a longish blouse or a dhoti pants and a
Kurta to stay stylish this Independence day?

Accessorize to exhibit a
show of Indian spirit

If you don’t want to
wear tri-colored clothes, that’s fine too. Pick accessories like bangles in the
colors of the Indian flag to add style to your kurta and to keep up with the
patriotic fervour. Or another option would be to choose a pair of traditional
earrings in the same color theme to go with your saree.

Bring on the new: Fall winter 2016-2017 accessories trend list

As summer draws to an end, we prep our bodies and our wardrobes for the upcoming fall season (juice detox here we come!) and look forwards to welcoming the new. Whether it’s the reinvention or tweaking of old fashion favorites, or just spanking brand new style inspirations, every style diva waits with bated breath to find out what the upcoming season has to offer.

Cleverly enough updating your accessory trends is a super smart and affordable way to look trendy and in fashion, without having to overhaul your entire wardrobe and spend a bomb in the process.

So listen up girls, and get ready to take notes, as we list out what’s in store for accessories this fall winter 2016-2017. According to Vogue magazine, with fashion in the full flush of a new, maximalist mood, bags, shoes, and jewels have taken center stage. On the Fall runways, the heels were haute, the bijoux was stacked and layered to high heaven, and the bags were furrier or came with accessories of their own. The forecast: Get ready for your most sumptuous season yet.

1Hiking boots

These practical and easy to wear shoes have acquired a fashionable edge and are now being hailed as the next big thing on the fashion scene this fall. From flat pairs to high heels, these boots are in vogue and a great addition to your wardrobe. International designers such as Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Jimmy Choo and Rag and Bone have all showcased collections featuring these practical and oh so stylish hiking boots. Paired with jeans, shorts or even dresses, they can add a trendy edge to any outfit, guaranteed to make heads turn.

2Fur Bags: 

Also fashionably called the Furse, these bundles of fur are a great way to update your style quotient and cozy up to your arm candy this season. Fur bags are all the rage, and adding a bit of luxe’ glamour to evening clutches, totes and carryalls. Designers Tod’s,MichealKorrs , Ferragamo and Loewe. Paired with the furry shoe trend, this can be a great way to make a super cool fashion statement.

3. Grandma Purses: 

Guaranteed to create a stir and attract with a completely vintage feel, coin purses and tiny old-world bags make their mark on the fashion scene this fall with updated and on trend detailing. Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren, Roberto Cavalli and Etro have all done their own version of the grandma purse, from crochet pouches, beaded embellished pieces to modern patent leather takes on old shapes.

4. Platform Heels: 

Nineties platforms are back, this time in a super high and stylish avatar. Boots, sandals and even Mary Janes with high platform heels create a stir in the collections of designers Rochas,Balenciaga, Gucci and Roberto Cavalli. A Varied amount of hues, styles and materials are styled into sky high platforms, a great way to add a mod edge to any existing out fit and get hip this season.

5. Hair accessories and brooches: 

Pins, trinkets and all kinds of accessories, the trend for hair embellishment continues to make its presence felt this fall, taking a more bejeweled and embellished direction. Designer houses Alexander Mcqueen, BottegaVeneta ,Cristopher Kane ,Dolce and Gabbana and Rhodarte all had a wide variety of trinkets pinned onto their models, from waists , to lapels to head pieces.

6. High heels and Pumps: 

After a season of fashion that paired sneakers with everything from jeans to an evening dress, high heels are back in a big way. Balenciaga, Balmain and Lanvin amongst other designers showcased their models cruising down the runway in stylish and sophisticated pumps.

7OTTEmbellishment:

Encrusted, bedazzled and more lavish then ever, this fall’s accessories are all about going over the top and opulent. From pouches to headbands to pumps, this season’s accessories don’t come with much room to spare. Balenciaga,Gucci,MiuMiu and Marni have all flaunted accessories just dripping full of pearl, crystal and metal embellishments and detailing.

8. Cross Body Bags: 

Fall’s most convenient accessory is super fun and high on fashion quotient. Cross body bags are the top trend this season, from casual day looks to eveningwear. They have also become more stylish and full of design details in their new and updated version. Prada,Chloe,Valentino, Givenchy and Gucci are all flaunting fun and fashionable cross body bags to keep you smart, stylish and hands free.

9. Velvet Accessories:

This high fashion fabric has evolved from clothes to accessories this season, with velvet shoes, bags, belts, headpieces and even jewelry making waves in the fashion world. Valentino, Stella Mcartney ,Erdem , Chanel and Prada have all shown collections with a libral splash of velvet accessories.

10. Mismatched jewelry: 

Combine the old in your jewelry box with new, mismatch your earrings or just wear a clash of different styles, the choice is yours. Mismatching your jewelry is a fun way to flaunt fashion this season, with designers such as BottegaVeneta , Oscar De La Renta , Coach and Roberto Cavalli all showing off this look . It doesn’t necessarily cost a bomb either. One or two new pieces worn artfully with your existing collection can do the job and keep you effortlessly on trend.

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Making a splash: updating your look with the perfect Monsoon accessories

We love heralding the arrival of a new season, and what better way to do it then with an all out shopping splurge. This monsoon season is no exception. From updating our bags to adding a pair of waterproof flats to our wardrobe, any true fashionista is well prepared for a rainy day (or in this case rainy two months!)

But a change of season doesn’t necessarily mean a huge investment; especially in terms of changing your entire clothing wardrobe or buying expensive dresses. Updating the right accessories can refresh your look and add a new and stylish edge to your appearance without making a hole in your pocket. From bright bucket bags in water resistant material to colorful jewelry and cheerful waterproof flats, we have put together a list of the perfect accessories to update your look this monsoon.

1. Bags:

Ditch your regular leather carryalls and opt for lined canvas, patent leather or plastic totes this season. These do not spoil easily when wet and also protect the stuff within and are easy to dry and clean. Pick styles with a splash of color to add some fun to a rainy day. Shop from our collection at Pookaari by Studio Kassa 

or opt for Kavanah’s wooden clutches for a
stylish and water resistant evening look.

2. Scarves:

Add a splash of color and save your hair do from a sudden sprinkle with a stylish and fashionable scarf. Twist around your neck or tie it to your handbag for the perfect accessory to freshen up your look this rainy season. We at Pookaari have the perfect fun, colorful and stylish options for you by designers Masaya, Boho Rhapsody and Bon Vivant.

3. Sunglasses:

Even with the sun hidden behind the clouds, add some fresh spunk to your look with light lenses and waterproof frames to add a splash of color. Shop our Upbeatz collection in styles such as Purple Haze, Sunset and Sugar Candy.

4. Jewelry:

Play up your fun and ethnic side by adding romantic earrings and necklaces in oxidized silver to your look. These jewels will not spoil in the damp weather and will bring a feel of glamour and style to even the simplest outfit. Pick from Pookaari’s Monsoon edit collection of enamel jewelry by Esha Zaveri. 

Add some fun with Cinderella’s Peacock necklace set 

or opt for traditional silver earrings by BCOS It’s Silver.


A raw appeal: Natural stone jewelry

In a world where everything is becoming more and more
standardized with cookie cutter accessories and synthetic stones in jewelry,
there is a certain primal, earthy and artsy appeal in raw and uncut natural
stones. In raw stone jewelry, the incredible natural qualities of gems speak
for themselves. The message and look that they create is dually ancient in
style and incredibly modern at the same time.Semi precious gem stones and
naturally found crystals and mineral rocks are the most popular kind of
materials used in raw stone jewelry, and is usually set in silver or plated
metal.

The one of a kind nature of these stones are a perfect way
for any fashionista to express her individuality and stand out in a crowd.
These stones are stylized in a way that they are found in nature and have a
variety of beautiful and appealing properties in terms of crystal formations,
natural shapes and structures and color gradations that add a sense of visual
drama and aesthetic to your jewelry and accessories.

Besides the instant
visual beauty and appeal of their appearance, these raw stones are said to
embody holistic powers that bring clarity, wisdom, and wealth, so why wouldn’t
you want them with you at all times? You can, with jewelry embellished with these
uncut gems. Up ahead, take advantage of the rocks healing properties with this
season’s best raw-mineral jewelry. Amongst other properties, pieces that are
adorned with amethyst are said to facilitate patience and balance, agate brings
composure and maturity and pyrite is said to enhance intellect.

Internationally, this is one of the top trends for
the upcoming fall winter 2016-17 seasons. After uncut necklaces and
pendants appeared on the Spring/Summer 2016 runway, crystal mania took hold
with raw stones featuring again on the catwalk for winter. Radically different
stones appeared as earrings at ProenzaSchouler and provided an anchoring detail
to strengthen the impact of clothing at Dries Van Noten and Calvin Klein.

At Pookaari, we have
a wide range of stylish and eye catching jewelry and accessories that feature
uncut stones. Shop from carefully curated pieces like designers Paisley Pop
duel rings and earrings, Closet queen’s one of a kind statement pieces Rhea
Puri’s stunning bracelets, earrings and necklaces
featuring unique natural stones.

Shine like the moon: Stunning Chand Balis

Your quick fix to making any outfit wedding-worthy dressing is not stepping into a higher pair of heels, neither is it a swipe of red lipstick (although it does help a lot), but the trick to really looking like you made an effort for the festivities lies in jewelry. Furthermore, as the evidence from several selfies will suggest—earrings are what really bring out the spark in your eye. Chandbalis are your go-to saviors with any kind of Indian outfit. Whether you style your hair up or down, pair them with an Anarkali or an elegant silk sari, there is no resisting the charm of these trusty bejeweled earrings.

Traditionally speaking, Chand Bali earrings are beautifully designed half moon earrings, set with diamonds, gemstone, and pearl. With its relevance in contemporary society, these vintage patterns of jewelry are ideal for an ethnic touch to any outfit. 

The Chand Bali earrings’ crescent shape and delicate craftsmanship showcase their modern yet traditional appeal for any festive affair. Recreating the beauty and the elegance of the Mughal era, Chand Bali gemstone earrings are thought to be the perfect addition to any ensemble and for a myriad of occasions. 

With the addition of different gemstones such as white topaz, pearls, emeralds and rubies, the colorful and traditional Chand Bali designs are a treat for the eyes. The green, red and white hued gemstones are fashionable accompaniments to the Chand Bali patterns. 

These pretty jewelry pieces are a favorite with Bollywood fashionistas as well. KareenaKapoor, DeepikaPadukone, SonamKapoor and Priyanka Chopra have all been spotted wearing these beautiful earrings in many different styles, both on and off screen.

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Our designer collections at Pookaari consist of many beautiful Chand Bali’s to accentuate your style statement and add glitz to your outfits. These beautiful baubles are also the perfect accent to highlight and elongate your neck and draw attention to your collarbone. Our carefully curated pieces by Golden Window, Just Jewelry, and Silver Star are the perfect accompaniments for your traditional outfits this festive season. 

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Romancing the stone with beautiful Kundan Jewelry

With the winter wedding and festive season looming ahead of us, it’s time to fix our fashion radar firmly on traditional Indian jewelry. As every fashionista knows how to do her own style spin on traditional looks and techniques, modern Indian jewelry designers are working with traditional and well-established styles of Indian jewelry to give it their own unique style spin. Out of the many popular techniques known, one of the most popular styles is that of Kundan Jewelry.

Kundan is a traditional form of Indian gemstone jewelry involving a gem set with gold foil between the stones and its mount, usually for elaborate necklaces. The method is believed to have originated in the royal courts of Rajasthan and Gujarat. It is one of the older forms of jewelry made and worn in India.The word Kundan means highly refined gold and a highly refined and pure form of molten gold is used.

Kundan flourished under royal patronage during the Mughal era. Over the years, the Kundan jewelry of the courts was successfully copied in silver in Rajasthan, Bihar, and the Punjab and became popular with the common man.It remains an integral part of the traditional bridal wedding trousseau. Traditional settings are also experiencing a revival. Most recently, in films, Jodhaa Akbar, the lead character portrayed by AishwariyaRai was extensively shown wearing Kundan jewelry, highlighting its influence among Rajasthani royalty.

The technique used for making Kundan jewelry consists of using fine and uncut stones are set on 24k gold jewelry using lac and gold foils. The underside of these pieces is then enameled with an intricate meenakari process.

Though this jewelry is mostly found in Jaipur and Hyderabad, due to its immense popularity pieces can be found all over India and the technique has been used and copied by many western design houses as well. Indian influenced designs by international design houses such as Chanel have also seen hints of Kundan influences in their jewelry and clothing designs.

At Pookaari, we have curated a collection of Kundan jewels by designers such as DivyaChugh ,Preeti Mohan , Ruhmet and Karmic Kabira amongst many others. Shop from our collection of stunning pendants, bracelets, earrings and even Kundan inspired bags and accessories to shine, dazzle and look your traditional and glamorous best this season. These pieces can be worn with traditional clothes or even with western dresses to add a glamorous and old world charm to your outfit and help you stand out on any occasion.